For Immediate Release


City, State: Forney, Texas                                          Date: July 23, 2012

Ten students at North Forney High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of

their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.

       The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and

academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses

while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for

successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.9 million

students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an

AP Scholar Award.

       The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’

performance on AP Exams.

       At North Forney High School:

       One student student qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning

an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or

more of these exams. This student is Justin Emmons.

       Nine North Forney High School students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by

completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Joseph

Benetiz, Crystal Bui, Dylan Elza, Seth Emmons, Summer Lindler, Aaron Quinones, Sana

Qureshi, Brent Redman, and Morgan Silaff.
       Of this year’s award recipients at North Forney High School, four are juniors-- Joseph

Benetiz, Seth Emmons, Aaron Quinones, and Sana Qureshi. These students have at least one

more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP

Scholar Award.

       Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and

academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced

placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a

committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams are

aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s

leading liberal arts and research institutions. More than 3,800 colleges and universities

annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit

and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. Research consistently shows that AP

students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the

highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college

graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

       The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects

students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created

to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more

than 5,900 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting

excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven

million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services

in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement

Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and

advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

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